IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Eating Sustainably

For our final seminar spotlight, professor John Hopple in the Environmental Science and Studies department is offering a seminar on sustainable food! If you’re interested in learning more about how to be more sustainable or natural in your food choices, or just curious about what kind of natural foods are out there, check this seminar out!


Describe your seminar in one sentence. “Eating Sustainably is a discussion-based seminar about our food and its relationship to sustainability and the environment in which we prepare one whole-food plant-based meal each class session (and then eat it).”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Each class session we will cook a whole-food plant based dish then follow this with a discussion of a food-related topic while we eat the dish we prepared: so cook then discuss/eat.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? As conscious eaters we can make decisions regarding our food that ultimately better both ourselves and the planet.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. (From Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food.)”

Some extra info: “Students need to provide their own transportation for the two field trips we will take: one to Plowbreak Farm near Mecklenberg and the other to Greenstar Coop on the corner of Buffalo and Elmira Rd. We will be reading Sherry Colb’s book Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger? and Other Questions People Ask Vegans.

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.